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Fri, May 27 2005

Parenthetical Friday Remarks

Does anyone know how to fix the sort of thing that happened in my previous post? What a strange little bug it is. Apparently the parenthetical marks were treated as something other than a regular character. I really need to work on the whole text side of this blog. I have never been completely satisfied with the way posts look. It's probably time for a whole new design, but that would require a lot more time than I have this weekend.

I won't be able to concentrate on blog bugs and designs anyway. I won't be able to hear myself think to write. This is Memorial Day weekend, and that means this is also the weekend of the annual Watsonville Fly-In and Air Show. We are just north of the main runway and our house has already been buzzed a few times this week as the planes come in for the fun. It will be so noisy soon that the windows will rattle and the neighborhood dogs will set up the "doggy chorus" as they pass the alarm that we're being invaded by demented humans in brightly painted war planes. The poor canines seem to be especially agitated by the fireworks. One year someone's poor dog got loose during the pyrotechnics and was running madly about the neighborhood, trying to escape by clawing its way up one high wooden fence after another. I guess dogs care nothing about our human rituals unless the proceedings happen to include plenty of tasty kibble and ear rubs.

posted at: 11:46 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry

Judge Gags Religion Family-Style

Thank you, Mamamontezz, for your post on the rulings of Judge Bradford in Indiana. If parents have no right to give their children religious training or to be a religious influence on them than who does have the right? The state? Religion is an integral part of family life and it would be almost impossible to separate the two. A judge who forbids a religious atmosphere or influence in a home should only do so if he or she believes that influence would put a child in physical or psychological danger. And if things are that precarious for the child, why wouldn't a judge just opt to remove the endangered child altogether from the custody of the parent(s)? Actually, that could happen anyway. This judge has paved the way to take just that sort of step down the line, by placing the parents in an impossible situation. posted at: 10:13 | category: /Politics | link to this entry 27#5-27-05a

posted at: 10:13 | category: /Politics | link to this entry

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